There are two forms of the Santol the red and the yellow, both have large round textured yellow fruit with a very thick velvety skin. The divided fruit segments can be consumed raw or as in India, eaten with spices. The flesh is usually sucked off the seeds as the pulp clings firmly to them.Take care not to swallow the slippery seeds. By removing the seeds it makes a tasty jam or jelly.
The tree itself is very elegant in appearance with large lime to deep green leaves and offering occasional contrasting red leaves. In its native setting it is a large tree that will buttress with age, it has low growing branches and makes an excellent street or shade tree. Young plants are frost sensitive and will require protection from cold, however once established they can handle a light brief frost.
Plant Information or Specifications
Learn About Climate Zones
Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
Learn about Pollination
Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
March, April, May, June
Question & Answer
Could you please let me know if Santol is self pollinating or needs more than one tree to produce fruit. Thanks. From:
Santol are partially self-fertile, they will crop more heavily if you have more than one planted. #Santol619
Customer Comments on Santol
The santol fruit can be pickled in salt water and can be used as a side dish together with any rice meals. The fruit skin must be peeled leaving the rind and seeds to be pickled. As for the seeds, these must not be swallowed as it caused deaths in Asia. | Jay - Sydney, NSW 25-May-2006
Santol is best eaten, at least the way Filipino eat,by removing the skin and making criss cross shallow cut on the skin and then living it for two days in a vinegar, water, salt and sugar mixture. Do not forget to refrigerate it | Gretchen Jenelle V. Ursolum - Stockton, Ca. , US 24-Jan-2007
Seedless and peeled, cooked with molasses untill santol's cooked and molasses is sticky, hm yummy | Erni Disono - Brisbane, QLD 30-May-2007
Santol is my favorite fruit | Josh - San Diego, C.A 20-Nov-2007
I love santol sooooo much | Riavill Mae Nacion - Australia, USA 05-Mar-2008
When transplanting Santol plant,put it under the shade for 2 to 3 weeks then partial shade for a week then to full sun in southern california to protect from sunlight burns | Joey - Hawaiian Gardens, CA 24-May-2008
Cut the tip of the santol tree so it will not grow taller and become shady instead and easy to pick the fruit.. | Christopher Viray - Campbelltown, NSW 19-May-2010
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